Make Valentines Day a Success


January is finally over…And the countdown to Valentines Day; is officially on. I believe that Valentines Day is an important time to focus on what is important to you, who and what you love. Personally, I like to celebrate by doing something together and spending money that way. This may be at a restaurant, spa, cafe, hotel or anything else that may capture that special moment. I have been dating my boyfriend Adam; for over 4 years and to me, Valentines Day is just another excuse to go out for dinner and order tons of yummy things.  Although, thats not where this post is going. I will actually be focusing on the material gift side of things. I know how challenging it can be for both men and women to pick out the perfect gift and sometimes you may even feel a bit lost. Whether you have been dating for months or years; it can be a procsess for present purchasing.

I have included some fun, romantic and sweet shoppable gift guides down below for both guys and girls. Hope this helped and feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

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Shop my faves! 


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Balloons; T.O. Balloons Bag; Bag Religion Flowers; Mia Luxe
Flowers; Mia Luxe

Shop my faves!

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Shop my faves!
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Tonic Blooms

Flower shops and florists have bloomed in every neighbourhood in Toronto. Giving Tonic Blooms is the perfect gift this holiday season and every day of the year. They select flowers of highest quality and freshness, so that your arrangement can last as long as it should. I highly recommend getting Tonic Blooms delivered to that special someone in your life.


Gift Guide – Under $50 for Her

These are some cost-friendly gift ideas for that special woman in your life. Making the most out of a budget is something I personally really enjoy and look forward to. Just because the item is on sale or under a certain amount doesn’t mean it’s not as valuable.  How to score a gift for her under $50, without it looking under $50.

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NOCE Restaurant

NOCE on Queen West opened 22 years ago and I just recently went for the first time. I regret not paying this amazing Italian restaurant a visit sooner. They serve the freshest food I have ever experienced. The employees at Noce are outstanding, super friendly and outgoing! They seem to love their jobs and really engage with the guest.  The chefs know exactly how to incorporate the flavours of Italy and work with the most beautiful ingredients. Truffle, Bottarga, and Parmigiano Reggiano to name a few. I grew up eating traditional Italian food and I am very particular when it comes to choosing an Italian restaurant. I was very impressed by all aspects of this restaurant. I highly recommend checking out Noce especially, with the holidays quickly approaching.

They recently renovated and the interior is absolutely stunning. I love how rustic and retro meet modern and eclectic. They have several rooms to dine in which is perfect for a date for two to a party of 20+. I think this is the best spot to take your family or friends this holiday season and would recommend it to anyone who knows what good food is. Noce is a great place to go for any occasion and I highly recommend checking out the features on the board. It’s such a lovely restaurant to spend an evening and I can’t wait to go back during the holiday’s.


Queen West Room – The main dining room overlooking Queen Street West at Trinity Bellwoods Park. This dining area has the perfect view of the talented NOCE Chefs preparing menu dishes.  
Noce has a set menu but also offers specials that change accordingly and frequently. They now offer Sunday dinner service.
“God made food, but the devil made chefs”
The Tuscany Room – This room offers a lively dining experience is semi-private can be customized to your preferred seating arrangements; perfect for your next get-together. Book your holiday dinners here asap!
The Queens at 875 – Aperol, St. Germain Elderflower liquor, grapefruit, Fiol prosecco   
Honolulu – Crystal Head Vodka, Mango liquor, Amaretto di Saronno, lemon, orange bitters
Olive Ascolane –
Fried meat filled olives. These are the perfect appetizer for any olive lover! Yes, they are fried but they are not greasy at all and are the perfect combination of crispy and full of flavour.
Crostini con Baccalà-
baccalà affumicato, bottarga di muggine. This is a must order!! Creamy cod on house made squid ink bread. topped with a true Italian delicacy. 
Tonno Scottato – Wood fried tuna, tonnato sauce, infornate olives, crispy capers, pickle purée, parsley. I love that they used the wood oven for cooking more than just pizza. The crispy capers add the best touch on this dish. They add just the right amount of salt to the fish.


Ecuadorian Shrimp – Giant shrimps fresh from Ecuadore. A variety of imported fish come in to the restaurant on Thursdays. These were to die for and super smokey.
This was my absolute favorite menu item. Im pretty sure this is one of the featured specials. Pastina with a light tomato brodo, Clams and Rapini pesto. Everything about this was incredible. I love having pastina because my Nonna (Italian Grandmother) used to make it for me as a kid. But this was another level! I love the delicate clams and powerful taste of the rapini pesto. 
Cauliflower roasted with Gorgonzola
Crispy brussels sprouts with creamy goodness inside. Every time I go to a restaurant and there is brussels sprouts on the menu, I always order them. I have ordered them 50+ times and Noce makes them the best! Plus they are topped with Parmesan, which makes them 100x better.  
16 OZ Ribeye – Cooked to absolute perfection. I am not a big steak orderer but I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seasoned lightly with salt and garnished with fried basil leaves. This steak is crispy on the outside and melt in your mouth tender on the inside.  


Sex in a pan – Roasted base with Nutella, mascarpone whip, chocolate and crunchy. There is always room for dessert when it tastes this good.

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Gift Guide – Stylish Boyfriend

I know that getting a gift for your boyfriend can be overwhelming and stressful. Thankfully, my boyfriend never asks/wants anything specific and actually encourages me to just buy what I think will look good on him. I have grown to understand and know how to shop his style over the years; But, It wasn’t always that easy. Most of the time reading a man’s mind is basically impossible, So if you need some ideas; I have selected some of my faves.

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Dress for the Holiday’s

Its’s almost Cyber Monday! Now is your chance to score some of the greatest deals, from the comfort of your own home. I always recommend shopping online because during the holidays, it can be super busy and crowded at the mall. I have linked some of the most perfect pieces to shop this season. This is a guide to help you save money and look like a superstar during the holidays. Below are a number of my favourite dresses and accessories that are on sale right now. Happy Shopping!

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Bench Canada Black Friday

Okay Everyone, Its that time of year again. The holidays. It doesn’t matter what holiday you celebrate, most likely you are broke by the end of all of your shopping. I always like to begin my shopping as soon as the leaves start to fall because I feel less stressed out. A lot of the time, I rely on Black-Friday to score some amazing deals. Although I do love Black Friday prices, sometimes it can be hard to spot the deals and know when your actually saving some serious bucks.

I tend to do my shopping online, mostly because I hate waiting in lines. Recently, I got two jackets from Bench Canada and I am totally obsessed with them both. I know what some are probably thinking…Why is Melina holiday shopping for herself? The truth is; Don’t we all? I got these items at regular price and as bitter as I may be that they are almost 70% off now, they are the greatest jackets ever. Bench Canada has some amazing sales on everything right now and I highly recommend you go check them out…NOW! The prices are all already reduced and then once you add them to your cart, they are even cheaper. The jackets I got are just over $50 now, it is amazing! You will find something for everyone on your holiday list.

My Bench Canada Picks

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Okay, ladies and gentleman… just because sandal season is coming to an end it does not mean you need to neglect your feet. Yes, mitten weather is quickly approaching but your hands still deserve to feel healthy and pretty.

I can admit that growing up, I was never good to my nails and took very poor care of them. I rarely got my nails done because at the jobs I had; they would immediately get ruined. Not to mention… I am a nail biter. I am not proud of this and I am getting a lot better because I don’t want ugly 10-year-old boy fingers for the rest of my life. I want to have natural, long, strong, healthy nails that people assume are fake because they are so beautiful.

I highly recommend checking out CURES STUDIO in Liberty Village, Toronto. I tried them for the first time and what an amazing experience. The studio is stunning and so clean, which is most important to me. The facility is toxic free and they only use high-quality products.. even some local ones too! One of my favorites being the scrub by VO BATH & CO.

Not only is there studio beautiful, they really do an amazing job and the girls take great care of you. This is the perfect place to bring your BFF for her birthday or to make it your regular beauty spot.


How to plan a Summer Fiesta.

The past few months I have been planning a surprise Fiesta for my boyfriend, Adam. I fell in love with this theme while scrolling endlessly through Pinterest. I knew his friends and family would love it and it would be a lot of fun! I wanted to completely transform his backyard and pull off the perfect fiesta inspired surprise party. This took a lot of planning and list making. I wanted to include the most beautiful decorations and food and of course, have all of Adams closest friends there. Most of the decorations I found on Etsy, I will link all of the items below the photos. A lot of planning goes into a party, especially when there is a theme in place and you are a perfectionist.

When it comes to choosing the decorations there are lots of large party supply stores you can find what you need at, Although; I prefer to support smaller online companies and use unique, handmade decorations.


Taco Bar

Preparing a Taco Bar will definitely set the Fiesta mood for your party. Prepping all the toppings are the most time-consuming part of it all, then just put it all into bowls. If there is a guest with a dietary restriction or allergy this is a great option for everyone. Depending on the toppings there are vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free picks. People can help themselves. You can easily speed up the prep process by purchasing pre cut and made toppings, such as the pico and guac.

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“I ❤ Nachos” sign – Just Say It Food Toppers , Cactus Trays – The Cozy Casita
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Photo Wall

Creating a DIY Photo Booth will make your next party way more fun! Your family and friends will be crowding around the photo booth area. If you’ve got a party coming up soon, really consider adding a photo booth area they definitely add a ton of creativity to your photos. I got fun Photo booth props from Bash Events and Decor and everyone had a lot of fun with them.

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Fiesta props – Bash Events and Decor, Fiesta Dress’s – Beelia BoutiqueErica Maree
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Gold Circle garland – designbyGeja , “Taco bout a party” garland – TrendiConfetti


Whats a party without balloons? It was crucial for me to get a hold of some fun and unique balloons to really make this Fiesta come together. Adding some mylar balloons or even buying a helium tank can improve the look of any themed party.

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Large Balloons on ground – Marlins Place, Multi Colour pom-pom Garland – Nocturnal Blue

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Pink Fiesta Balloons – Pretty Little Social
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Cactus Balloon – MurmismeParty



Having a mini bar at the fiesta was a great idea. Everyone loved the Mojito pitcher and was a great touch to the party. Here I also had stir sticks, straws, cups, mint, and lime for everyone to help themselves. Having a few other drink options available is a good idea too. I chose to do Jarritos, Tequila, Rum, and Beer.


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Tassels – Bash Events and Decor
Fiesta Stir Sticks – Bash Events and Decor
Striped Straws – Bash Events and Decor , Pineapple Straws – Baby Mint Love




For me, dessert is almost as important as dinner… So go big or go home. I wanted the fiesta to have a variety of different sweets so that the guests can really have exactly what they want. The cake was absolutely beautiful by Sammie and the subtle lemon flavor was delicious. I couldn’t have asked for a more fiesta inspired cake! The toppers from The Little Jasmine Shop were so special and really felt handmade and custom. Angela, the owner wrote me the sweetest card, I will continue to support her business and her hard work pays off.


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Vanilla Cactus Cake – Sammies Cups n Cakes, Doughnuts – Jelly Modern, “Taco bout a Party” Cake Topper – Couronne Boutique, Moustache Toppers – Creating Your Memories
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Gluten Free Doughnuts – Jelly Modern, Fiesta Topper – Little Jasmine Shop
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Handmade Toppers – Little Jasmine Shop, Cupcakes – Desmond and Beatrice

Handmade Toppers – Little Jasmine Shop, Cupcakes – Desmond and Beatrice

Thank you to everyone who contributed and made Adams Fiesta a success.